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Liverpool to host Norwich in Premier League opener

Manchester City have won the Premier League title for the past two seasons

The 2019-20 Premier League season will start with Champions League winners Liverpool hosting promoted Norwich City on Friday, 9 August.

Champions Manchester City will open the defence of their title the following day with a trip to West Ham.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United, the other promoted teams, play Tottenham and Bournemouth respectively.

For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.

The break will be staggered over a two-week period. There will be only five matches on one weekend, with the other five games from that round taking place the following weekend, ensuring that each team gets one week off.

The opening weekend will also see Manchester United hosting Chelsea on Sunday, 11 August.

The opening weekend in full

Date Match Kick-off time
9 Aug 2019 Liverpool v Norwich City 20:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 West Ham v Manchester City 12:30 BST
10 Aug 2019 Bournemouth v Sheffield United 15:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 Burnley v Southampton 15:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 Crystal Palace v Everton 15:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 Leicester City v Wolves 15:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 Watford v Brighton 15:00 BST
10 Aug 2019 Tottenham v Aston Villa 17:30 BST
11 Aug 2019 Newcastle United v Arsenal 14:00 BST
11 Aug 2019 Manchester United v Chelsea 16:30 BST

Busy start for some teams

The season’s curtain raiser will take place with the Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, 4 August.

Liverpool and Europa League winners Chelsea will also meet in the Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, 14 August.

Following that match, Liverpool play their second Premier League match, away to Southampton, while Chelsea host Leicester City.

Wolves could have played three Europa League qualifying matches before the beginning of the Premier League season.

The mid-season break in more detail

There will be a total of 380 Premier League games during the 2019-20 season.

The split of matches in February will see five matches take place over the weekend of 8 February, with the other five played on the weekend of 15 February.

All five matches on each weekend will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom.

At present, all the games are scheduled for 8 February but these will be broken up when the broadcast picks for that period are announced in mid-December.

Champions League and Europa League impact

The Premier League contingent taking part in the Champions League are Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham and they will go straight into the group stage, which starts on 17 and 18 September.

Holders Liverpool face top-flight away matches immediately before five of their six Champions League group fixtures, one of which is at Manchester United, while there are four away trips for Chelsea, one of which is at Manchester City.

City will be away three times before playing in Europe, while Tottenham will be on the road for two.

Arsenal and Manchester United go straight into the Europa League group stages, which start on Thursday, 19 September.

The Gunners have away games before four of their six group matches, including ones against Manchester United and West Ham.

Manchester United have three, including a trip to City, while, if they qualify for the group phase, Wolves will also have three.

More to follow.

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